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>> pelley: shake up in chicago. the police superintendent is fired after a white cop is charged with murdering a black teenager. also tonight, the cure for a fatal disease that afflicts thousands of veterans. >> that was some of the best news i had heard in a long time. >> pelley: then came the bad news. the v.a. can't pay for it. record-breaking snow in the midwest makes travel a challenge. and a random act of kindness leads to a quest to say thank you. >> i want people to know what he did for captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: today the mayor of chicago tried to end the turmoil by firing the police superintendent, garry mccarthy. the city, plagued by gun violence and distrust of the
police, was rocked last week by a video of the shooting of a black teenager by a white officer. release of that video after a year-long delay led to a series of protests. dean reynolds is in chicago. >> reporter: with murderous gang violence on the rise in chicago once again and with public confidence in the city's police collapsing, mayor rahm emanuel decided it was time for a change at the top of the force. >> public trust in the leadership of the department has been shaken and eroded. this morning i formally asked for his resignation. >> reporter: this appeared to be the last straw for garry mccarthy's four and a half year tenure. dash cam video showing a white chicago cop shooting a black teenager 16 times. the death of laquan mcdonald occurred in october 2014, and the video finally released last week undercut the police account
that officer jason van dyke's life was in danger when he opened fire. van dyke has since been charged with first-degree murder. the street protests that followed cost merchantses 25% to 50% oblack friday sales. while strategies mccarthy introduced have cut crime overall, murders are up 13% from a year ago, shootings up 17%, innocents have been caught if gang cross fire, children have been executed in revenge attacks, and mccarthy was unable to reverse a history of abusive police work. a university of chicago study found in more than 99% of the thousands of misconduct complaints against officers this year, no disciplinary action was ever taken. >> he has become an issue rather than dealing with the issue. >> reporter: but some critics say emanuel himself has become an issue and have questioned his leadership. one reporter asked if he still had the trust of the public. >> i work at that every day, and
i have a lot of work to do at that. >> reporter: job one will be to find a new police superintendent. paul green is a roosevelt university political scientist. what does the new guy, whoever that is, have to do in. >> first pray. and after he or she prays, then find a way to calm things down. >> reporter: along those lines, the mayor has just created a new police accountability task force, scott, to help restore public trust and confidence in the police that are now sorely lacking. >> pelley: dean reynolds in chicago tonight. thanks, dean. the united states is about to get more deeply involved in the war against isis in iraq and syria with more special operations forces on the ground. david martin has details from the pentagon. >> reporter: about 200 u.s. special operations forces will be based in the northern iraqi city of irbil from where they will launch raids against isis in both iraq and syria.
testifying before the house armed services committee, defense secretary carter revealed plans for what he called "targeting force." >> it's important capability because it takes advantage of what we're good at and it puts everybody on notice in syria that you don't know at night who will be coming in the window. [gunfire] >> reporter: until now, american commando raids against isis have been few and far between, two in the past seven months, both times the commandos were brought in to conduct the raid and sent home when it was completed. by basing them inside iraq, carter hopes to increase the frequency of raids. capturing isis leaders for interrogation and seizing the information stored on their cell phones and laptops. joint chiefs chairman general joseph dunford. >> our assessment is the operations this force will conduct will provide additional intelligence that will make our operations much more effective. >> reporter: this targeting force is in addition to the 50 special operators being sent to syria to work with local fighters advancing on the isis
capital raqqa. it will probably require president obama to raise the ceiling on the number of american troops permitted in iraq from the current 3,500. increasinged raids will also bring increased risk of american casualties. the only american killed in combat since the war on isis began was killed in a raid this past october. scott? >> pelley: david martin at the pentagon tonight. david, thank you. today a senate report found that gilead science, which makes a cure for a fatal form of hepatitis, is more interested in profits than patients. the cure was invebtsed under the leadership of a celebrated doctor in the department of veterans affairs, but at $1,000 a pill, even the v.a. can't afford to save the lives of vets who need it. chip reid has been looking into this. >> reporter: in 2013, vietnam veteran zion yisrael was told he had five years to live.
he had stage four liver disease caused by hepatitis c. it has infected as many as 230,000 veterans. most contracted it in vietnam where it was spread by battlefield blood transfusions and vaccinations. >> the longer it goes, the harder it is to treat. >> reporter: after decades of suffering, earlier this year yisrael was overjoyed to learn there was s a cure. >> i felt like my prayers were answered. >> i am ready to be cured. >> reporter: the drug, sofosbuvir, is sold as sovaldi' harvoni and claims to cure up to 99% of hepatitis c patients, but there's a catch. the retail price far 12-week treatment is $84,000. the department of veterans affairs gets a 50% discount, but even with that, the v.a. told yisrael they can't afford to give it to everyone who needs it, including him. >> come back next year, and all
the time i'm thinking about that, my condition is getting worse. dr. raymond schinazi founded the company and has worked for the department of veterans affairs since 1983. he says he's only a seven-eighths government employee and what he does with his remaining time is up to him. so you're only spending one-eighth of your time on your private company? >> well, even less than that. >> reporter: even less? >> yes. i'm very efficient. >> reporter: dr. schinazi made more than $400 million when he sold his company for $11 billion to pharmaceutical giant gilead in 2012. do you see how that looks to an average veteran? >> i'm sorry you're taking it personally. >> reporter: if you're surprised that a government scientist can make that kind of money given federal laws
surrounding conflicts of interest, so were we. has anybody ever questioned the arrangement you have that allows you to become very wealthy while working seven-eighths of your time with the government? >> nobody has ever questioned that. i think i've done everything, i've disclosed everything to the v.a. >> reporter: the v.a. declined our request for an interview but approved the arrangement, and in a statement said federal employees are allowed to invest in private companies, provided all conflict of interest rules are followed. gilead, the company that now owns and sets the price on sovaldi' harvoni told us that the cost is in line with the previous standards of care. but in this 2013 trade journal, dr. schinazi said it only costs about $1,400 to manufacture the full 12-week treatment. that's less than 2% of the retail price. why is it so much more expensive than what it costs to make it? >> that's a good yes. i mean, i think the price will come down eventually.
>> reporter: zion yisrael wonders if the price will come down in time to save him. in the two years his doctor says he has left. >> it's not right that the vets, we're still alive and we come here, and because of $84,000, you know, we can't get cured, a medication produced by the country that we're protecting? >> reporter: dr. schinazi sayings the drug he helped create has helped save hundreds of thousands of lives around the world, but, scott, the v.a. con sides that funding for u.s. veterans is limited. so far they've treated about 35,000 vets, just 15% of the veterans infected with hepatitis c. >> pelley: chip reid with a revealing story in our washington newsroom. chip, thanks. patients who suffer from a rare infection called toxoplasmosis got some help today when express scripps offered to sell the
treatment for $1 a pill. the drug is similar to daraprims, sold by a pharmaceutical company for $750 a pill. after an uproar, turing's c.e.o. martin jelly promised to lower the price and then he appeared to backtrack. don dahler has more on this. >> when shkreli increased its price, they claimed they were being ville void. >> companies like ours raise prices higher than ours and i don't see them getting the criticism i get. >> reporter: he's partially right. after valiant pharmaceuticals bought the rights to a heart medication, it raised the price from $179 to almost $1,500. activist increased the cost from $2,700 a bottle to over $1,800. >> you have your foot on the patient's throat. >> reporter: industry analyst richard evans.
>> there is a moral obligation. you have to have the patient's well-being at heart and you have to act accordingly. >> reporter: imprimis pharmaceuticals says they're doing just that. they're using the basic ingredients of daraprims to make their own version of the drug. the. we decided to take action to make this new formulation available to this vulnerable population. >> reporter: you're selling it for $1. are you taking a loss? >> no. the chemicals that we use to make this formulation are quite inexpensive. we make a really nice profit on this, but we make what i feel is an ethical profit. >> reporter: after a global backlash, shkreli said he'd lower the price of daraprims, lance week he did, but only for hospitals, not individuals. members of congress have called for an investigation into steep increases in drug prices, and, scott, imprimis says it's looking at selling cheaper versions of other expensive
medication, as well. >> pelley: don dahler for us tonight. don, thank you. in paris today, president obama put in a last push for a climate agreement before flying home. negotiators have two weeks to hammer out a non-binding deal to cut carbon emissions linked to climate change. about 150 countries are at the table. mark phillips visited one that takes all of this very seriously in tonight's climate diaries. >> reporter: a great national and expensive experiment is under way in norway where a quarter of all new cars sold have e plates for electric. leif admits he's one of the elaborates. >> this is the little baby you're considering buying? >> yes. >> reporter: leif halvorden has done the math. with all the government incentives to go electric, he says he'd be crazy not. to >> this car will be for free. >> for free? it's hard to get a better deal than free. >> that's true. >> reporter: by free, leif
means he can basically drive for nothing. by the time the government's waived the whopping 25% sales tax and the road registration fee, the sticker price for electric cars can be less than their gas or diesel equivalent. and once on the road, other benefits kick in, no highway tolls, free ferry rides, and free chargeups at the government-subsidized plug-in points where the power comes from clean hydrosources. the old criticism that these cars have limited range, about 150 miles per charge, becomes a non-issue when you can plug in almost everywhere. and for commuteer anita wiborg, there's another incentive, access to bus and taxi lanes. >> i can save up to an hour if it's really bad actually. >> reporter: there's traffic all over the roads, but you have your very own lane. >> that's quite right. that's right.
>> reporter: electric cars might work in norway. it's a small country with relatively short driving distances and with plenty of cash to throw at the problem. but what about bigger places with less cash to throw around? well, the norwegians say, they have learned one thing here -- build them and they will come. so many have come norway's deputy environment minister lars linda says the government will start phasing out the subsidies. -45%, 50%, 60%. when you have a really big market share, the benefits have to be fazed out. >> reporter: that's what you are anticipating? >> we have to get to 100%. our target is actually that. >> reporter: what the norwegians have done is change the image of electric cars. they've made them, well, listen to car shopper leif's daughter. what do you think of this car? >> it's cool. >> reporter: it's cool? deal closed. >> that's it. sold.
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